Snapping Turtle

This little snapping turtle is one we’ve had since last year—and this patient has grown since being admitted, although he’s still tiny! Female snapping turtles can lay a large number of eggs because most of their babies won’t make it to adulthood so by having many they increase their chances of success. Once they grow to a certain size, however, this species has very few natural predators and can live a very long time. We’re hoping that this one will be one of the lucky ones once he is released!